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Berkeley SkyDeck hosted its first virtual conference for investors Tuesday featuring its most recent remote cohort of 21 startups from around the world.
The entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas and plans, which ranged from artificial intelligence to bioscience innovation. After opening remarks from SkyDeck Executive Director Caroline Winnett and the startups’ presentations, investors had the opportunity to visit each company’s individual Zoom room to meet founders and ask questions.
“We recognized early on that startup founders would be concerned about their ability to fundraise while COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the economy,” said Berkeley SkyDeck Fund founding partner Chon Tang in a press release. “To ensure our startups would have a leg up, we doubled down and have been working even more closely with them to ensure that they are getting strong access to top tier investors.”
Prior to this event, SkyDeck granted each startup $105,000 and access to advisers to help them grow their companies, according to the press release.
UC Berkeley professor of bioengineering Kevin Healy said his team is now in conversation with potential investors from the event. Healy pitched his company Organos, which he founded with UC Berkeley graduate Samuel Wall.
Organos hopes to “de-risk” drug …
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